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  • Updated: October 30, 2023

Messi Wins Historic Eighth Ballon D'Or Award

Messi Wins Historic Eighth Ballon D'Or Award

Argentina and Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi has won a record eighth Men's Ballon d'Or award.

The 36-year-old was recognised at the ceremony in Paris on Monday night after leading his country to FIFA World Cup glory in Qatar last year.

He has now won three more Ballon d'Or awards than anyone else, with Al-Nassr forward Cristiano Ronaldo having won it five times, most recently in 2017.

Messi saw off competition from Manchester City forward Erling Haaland, who was recognised for his achievements with the Gerd Muller Trophy for best goalscorer.

Kylian Mbappe finished in third place, Kevin De Bruyne ranked fourth while Rodri completed the top five.

"Thank you very much, to share this with my national team-mates for what we were able to achieve with the national team," said Messi on winning a record-extending eighth Ballon d'Or.

"The entire group, the coaching staff, everyone involved. I’m delighted to be here once more to be able to enjoy this moment one more time.

"To be able to win the World Cup and really achieve my dream, to share this with all those who were involved."

Meanwhile, Messi's compatriot Emiliano Martinez won the Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper in the world.

Martinez played a crucial role in Argentina winning the World Cup as he saved  a spot-kick from Kingsley Coman in the 4-2 penalty shootout win against France.

He also helped Aston Villa finish seventh in the Premier League and secure a place in the Europa Conference League.

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